August 25th, 2009
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney takes swipe at Obama over prosecutor

Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .
Dick Cheney is criticizing the latest Obama move .

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again taking aim at President Obama, issuing a statement Monday suggesting the administration's decision to name a prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogations under President Bush fuels "doubts about this administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security."

"The people involved deserve our gratitude," Cheney said in the statement. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."

The former vice president also said documents released Monday prove enhanced interrogation techniques yielded valuable information that "provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda."

"This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks," Cheney said. "These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002."

"The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States," he added.

Related: Cheney says documents show interrogations prevented attacks

Late Monday, the government released declassified CIA documents originally requested last May by Cheney. The former vice president had argued they would show enhanced interrogation techniques saved lives.

While analysis in the documents says information from detainee interrogations "helped thwart a number of al-Qaida plots" and "arrests...disrupted attack plans in progress," it remains unclear from the heavily redacted documents whether that information was obtained through the enhanced interrogation techniques Cheney defends.

The documents' release came the same day Attorney General Eric Holder asked federal prosecutor John Durham to examine whether CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists were illegal after the release of a 2004 CIA inspector general's report into further questionable interrogation techniques.


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  1. Public Option is the Only Way

    Why hasn't Cheney and the rest of them been prosecuted already. All this crap the right wing nuts throw out about not being able/willing to trust what President Obama is trying to do, yet we have evidence after evidence of the Bush/Cheney regime undermining the American people. the Constitutions, the laws of this great nation. Why no outcry from the wing nuts about that?

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. John H-town

    Mr Cheney, why are you afraid? if you are not guilty

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Frank, FLA

    cheney, like the rest of his nut job friends need to just go away , PLEASE

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Duck Fallas

    If you take credit for something not happening, should you assume blame when it does?

    August 25, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. J.

    I want to know exactly how the information gained by these methods saved lives. What was the information? What were the plots? Bring that to light and show us why you (Cheney) believe the ends justified the means.

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Robert Britt

    He's evil. How can you defend the reprehensible tactics that were employed. "those people deserve our gratitude" ? for what dragging our reputation into the slime? He should just crawl back under the rock he came from.

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Jim

    go rock on the porch

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. BKrause

    Stop it, Cheney! We're not afraid, anymore. Oh, for the good old days, when we had nothing to fear, but fear, itself.

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. principaldad

    Cheney makes me physically ill. What I find hard to believe is not that we have people in this country who would try to rationalize inhumane treatment and outright torture, but that we allowed such people to hold so much unchecked power in our country. Even now, we allow such people an unrebutted voice to continue their attacks on American ideals.

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Counting the days until the Obamanation is GONE and America can prosper again

    Since things aren't going the way the Obamanator wants them to, time to distract the world with the horrors of the Bush years. After all, if he can point back to them and make them the bad guys again, none of the mess OBAMA is making in the US will matter. He can once more jump on the Democraptic mantra of it's not our fault.

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    OF course there is DOUBT! We got hit under your so called protection. What are you afraid of besides a little jail time Dick??

    August 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. jtr

    hmmm, sounds like someone is a little nervous about an investigation that may come knocking on his door...

    August 25, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Jason

    Oh poor little Dicky is shaking in his boots now. We're coming for you too buddy. We're coming for you too.

    August 25, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Jon

    I wish people would stop asking Cheney what he thinks.

    August 25, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Randolph Carter the snarky elitist Obamabot

    Squirm Dick, squirm. You are so predictable. Have a nice day!

    August 25, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. RAG

    International War Criminal Cheney is just afraid that this is the beginning of the process that will see him dangling from a rope in Spandau Prison for his heinous crimes.

    We can only hope.

    August 25, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Sniffit

    aaaaaaw, does babby want his bobble?

    August 25, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The people involved deserve our gratitude," Cheney said in the statement. "They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions".

    You can't even make glue out of this dead horse. YOU are one of the people involved. Enough said.

    August 25, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. TKCROW

    Kudos to the Bush Administration for protecting us by 'whatever means necessary'. I could care less how they 'procured' the information from the terrorists. The terrorists sure didn't care about the thousands of people who they murdered on 9/11, and for the families who live day by day without their loved ones. I say use 'whatever means necessary' to get the information, it is obvious the terrorists will use 'whatever means necessary' to try and destroy the USA.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Nighthawk

    AMEN! This is one of the things I agree with you on, Cheney. OBAMA has a lot of higher priorities than investigating the CIA operations. Namely naming the bright politicians that decided the elderly should not get a cost of living raise on their Social Security but yet allowing medicare to go up. What is he after getting rid of all the old people first then the military so his muslims can take over. IMPEACH THIS POLECAT NOW.

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Wanda

    Our president never ceases to amaze me. He has no concern for the people that were saved because of the techniques used to get information. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't care what it took to keep my family safe I'm just glad that information was obtained and used to make sure I didn't have to exoperience what the 911 families did. Why put our people in more danger by bringing up what might or might not have happened years ago. I wouln't want anything done now that could put my child/family member in danger because of some type of revenge from another group of people. But so far I haven't seen much concern from the liberal side of the fence including the president. I didn't always agree with our former vice president but the more I see and hear about the present leaders the more I like Cheney.

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Michael

    Maybe Dick is afraid he's going to follow in the steps of Spiro.......i.e., to jail.

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Dick Cheney has no conscience or regrets over the pain he caused by allowing certain interrogation practices to be used. He justifies everything by praising our lack of further attacks by the terrorists. It's a shame that he hasn't been personally investigated and prosecuted for his actions, and he and the former president should not be praised for anything they did!

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Gary

    Why doesn't this man and other losers simply drift off into the sunset and go away....

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Darren

    Hey Cheney

    Do you think anyone in the world cares any more what you have to spout out ?

    August 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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